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Banuelos added to Double-A disabled list

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 23, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Manny Banuelos, Pete O'BrienPregame seems relatively quiet in Toronto.

Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup after last night’s hit by pitch, Derek Jeter is getting a routine day off, and Jose Bautista is out of the Blue Jays lineup with a mild hamstring injury. Apparently Toronto is hoping to have Bautista back soon, but have to believe this could keep him out for the entire three-game series. Not a bad break for the Yankees.

If you’re looking for bigger-picture news, it might be this: Manny Banuelos has been placed on the Double-A disabled list, and according to Jorge Castillo, it’s because of a blister problem. The Yankees have eased Banuelos into his first season back from Tommy John surgery because they want him to have some innings left at the end of the season in case he becomes a call-up option. Blisters aren’t a huge deal as long as they don’t become a recurring problem.

It’s significant because the Yankees are obviously on the lookout for addition rotation support. Vidal Nuno has struggled, David Phelps has been a bit inconsistent, and it’s worth remembering that Chase Whitley has never thrown more than 91 innings in a season, and between Triple-A and the big leagues, he’s already up to 65 this year. The Yankees aren’t likely to say exactly how many innings Whitley can pitch this season, but it seems safe to say that the cutoff is well short of 150.

At six innings per start, Whitley will reach his career high after five more starts. Even if he goes just five innings per starts, that’s still just six starts before he’s thrown more than in any other season. That means, by the end of July he’ll be into uncharted territory in terms of his workload.

Maybe CC Sabathia can get back in time to upgrade the Nuno spot, and Michael Pineda can get back in time to sub in for Whitley before his innings get too high. But that’s counting on two guys who haven’t pitched in a long, long time. It would be helpful if a guy like Banuelos — or Shane Greene, or Bryan Mitchell, or even Nik Turley who got into a GCL game this weekend — could take on a few rotation innings. Have to get those guys healthy and productive, though, before they become realistic alternatives.

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24 Responses to “Banuelos added to Double-A disabled list”

  1. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Also, what would it take to move Ellsbury to leadoff?
    Girardi anointed him our best hitter so how would it look if he moved him out of the 3 hole.
    Weren’t we told he’s batting 3rd till Beltran got back?
    This is all about Jeter.
    I am sure if a reporter asked Jeter if he would mind batting lower or if it was discussed with Girardi that he would say if it helps the team he’d be on board.

    Maybe Chad has some insight into this..

  2. nyyankee23tnmn June 23rd, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Hey Chad,

    Since you’re skipping the Toronto series this week, couldn’t one of your compadres (like Brian or Vin) go in your place?
    The quality of the pre and post game notes really suffers when nobody’s at the ballpark and relying on the AP.

  3. Pat M. June 23rd, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    mick….I ended up keeping two of the suits and sent two back.

  4. Chad Jennings June 23rd, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    nyyankee23tnmn June 23rd, 2014 at 6:18 pm e

    Hey Chad,

    Since you’re skipping the Toronto series this week, couldn’t one of your compadres (like Brian or Vin) go in your place?
    The quality of the pre and post game notes really suffers when nobody’s at the ballpark and relying on the AP.

    It’s not about availability. I’m available and always push to do every road trip, but it’s obviously not my call.

  5. ac1 June 23rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Good thing the yankees have been limiting banuelos innings since he returned.
    Really avoided that next injury…
    So sick of teams babying minor league pitchers since they all get hurt anyway…

  6. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    So Chad answers a newbie and not my inquiry? ;) I’m hurt…

  7. SweetSpot June 23rd, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    “This is all about Jeter. I am sure if a reporter asked Jeter if he would mind batting lower or if it was discussed with Girardi that he would say if it helps the team he’d be on board.”
    ————-
    I’m not sure it would help the team to move someone hitting .293 in his last ten games lower in the order. Jeter also has the third highest batting average on the team based on playing more than 60 games

  8. ac1 June 23rd, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I am also glad the yankees are sticking to their promise to attack the international market. Besides the three players mentioned last week, this ss hey mentioned agreeing with today is intriguing.

  9. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Ellsbury’s speed element is totally dismissed batting 3rd.
    It’s hard to run with Jeter at bat as he is a free swinger.
    Gardner up 2nd would be an improvement as he is more patient and has a better BA and OBP than Jeter.
    Girardi doesn’t seem to think it matters much as 2 leftys together is taboo.

  10. pete22 June 23rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    No Bautista and Lawrie in a lineup struggling mightily the last 2 weeks (scored more than 4 runs in only 3 of 16 games) except for a brief explosion in 1 game against the Reds really helps.

    Lind being back helps them, assuming he is 100%, which he probably is not .

    Like the matchup tonight.

  11. luis June 23rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Pat M. June 23rd, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    It’s been nearly 7 months since Robinson Cano snickered at The NY Yankees 7 year 175 Million Dollar offer and bolted to Seattle, but yet it’s still be spun around here daily that The Yanks were at fault. 7 months isn’t as long as the 2 years worth of nonsense we suffered through regarding the Montero trade. The only item that bumps the Cano soap opera off the front page is when Betances to the rotation is recycled, yet again….

    ============================

    Was this necessary??? I didn’t read a single comment regarding any of those subjects and yet while complaining about them, you are the one to bring relevance to those issues again… Lately you just show up to make this kind of comments.. Are the pool girls treating you badly??.. Jesus!!

  12. Chad Jennings June 23rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    mick June 23rd, 2014 at 6:33 pm e

    So Chad answers a newbie and not my inquiry? ;) I’m hurt…

    You didn’t really ask anything, just kind of made a statement about the idea of a reporter asking Jeter if he would mind moving lower in the lineup. Of course Jeter would say yes. The guy always answers questions the right way. That’s why asking him if he’s OK with moving down in the order doesn’t really get anyone anywhere. Girardi’s been asked about it a few dozen times and keeps saying that he likes Jeter at the top of the order because he expects him to make necessary adjustments and start hitting again (which he’s actually done lately, with the exception of the Baltimore series). He’s not hitting for power, and that’s a problem in that spot, but there aren’t many guys hitting for power in this lineup. The reason I didn’t respond to your comment initially is that there’s just not much to say about the situation. The questions have been asked. We all know what’s been said. To me it’s an incredibly minor issue compared to this team’s other offensive problems.

  13. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Chad,
    Is this a taboo subject with Jeter?
    Have you ever heard a reporter ask Jeter about this?
    I would think it is until he is dropped in the order, if it happens, for fear he would never speak to that reporter again or give an answer that would embarrass the reporter.

  14. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Was this necessary??? I didn’t read a single comment regarding any of those subjects and yet while complaining about them, you are the one to bring relevance to those issues again… Lately you just show up to make this kind of comments.. Are the pool girls treating you badly??.. Jesus!!
    ==================
    That’s strong stuff. Pat M shouldn’t be stifled if this is a concern of his.
    Obviously he has seen comments that are borderline obsessive and has a problem with it.

  15. pete22 June 23rd, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    SweetSpot June 23rd, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I’m not sure it would help the team to move someone hitting .293 in his last ten games lower in the order. Jeter also has the third highest batting average on the team based on playing more than 60 games
    =======================

    he had a good series in Seattle. Since then he is batting 243 with a 554 OPS. Half of his 9 hits in these 9 games were IF hits. He has killed the team in the 2 spot all year. Killed them I tell you. One of the lowest WPA’s in baseball (161 of 166_H Batting 136 in high leverage situations.

  16. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    SweetSpot June 23rd, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    “This is all about Jeter. I am sure if a reporter asked Jeter if he would mind batting lower or if it was discussed with Girardi that he would say if it helps the team he’d be on board.”
    ————-
    I’m not sure it would help the team to move someone hitting .293 in his last ten games lower in the order. Jeter also has the third highest batting average on the team based on playing more than 60 games

    —–

    That’s a cop out and not a good argument since it’s been clear all season that Girardi has no intention of moving Jeter down in the order no matter what he does.

    He’ll move Gardner down in the order even though he’s one of their best players but he won’t do it to Jeter under any circumstance.

    He’ll do what’s best for the team as long as it doesn’t involve Jeter.

  17. luis June 23rd, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I take it back Pat M…Didn’t read the 2 previous threads..You are entitled to your opinion…But whether you like it or not it is impacting this team, so it is relevant… Even the Montero trade has some relevance at this point

  18. Chad Jennings June 23rd, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Asking Jeter about his spot in the order is not a difficult question, and not the kind of thing that’s likely to land you in his doghouse. It’s just not a question that’s likely to lead you anywhere. And whatever he says, what difference does it make? He doesn’t make the lineup. It’s a Girardi decision.

  19. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Asking Jeter about his spot in the order is not a difficult question, and not the kind of thing that’s likely to land you in his doghouse. It’s just not a question that’s likely to lead you anywhere. And whatever he says, what difference does it make? He doesn’t make the lineup. It’s a Girardi decision.
    ==================
    Chad, it’s a relevant question that many fans would like to have some insight about.
    I also wonder if Jeter and Girardi have discussed this?
    It might be a taboo subject they have not discussed.

  20. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    The Montero stuff would probably be non-existent if Pineda had produced more than a suspension for pine tar and a couple of weeks of stellar pitching in the 2 1/2 years he’s been a Yankee.

  21. pete22 June 23rd, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Cano is water over the bridge, or under, whatever. The Yankees mistake was not paying the market price for him. Being outbid by Seattle says it all. They made an offer they knew would be refused. I probably won’t be around in 10 years, so while all 10 year deals are bad at the end, I won’t care :lol: They are however usually very good the first few years, and not signing him could be the reason they miss out on the playoffs, if they do miss out. Last year the WSJ said missing out on the playoffs cost the Yankees 70 million in revenue. That’s about what he makes in the final 3 years of his contract (much more in nominal dollars)

  22. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    The Montero stuff had a life of its own since the trade was made.
    What could have been avoided was the rift it caused here.

  23. Giuseppe Franco June 23rd, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    My issue regarding Jeter is that I really don’t like that the organization has made one player bigger than the team.

    That’s not Jeter’s fault but it’s not a good way to run a billion dollar business.

  24. mick June 23rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    NEXT—->>>>>

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